The Commission has asked the Union Home Ministry to report on the alleged "attack on the rights of human rights defenders". Strict legal restrictions on foreign funding hit India’s NGOs Largest confederation of US labor unions awards Maina Kiai its 2016 award for human rights AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDIA & HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH JOINT STATEMENT: India: Foreign Funding Law Used to Harass 25 Groups PRESS RELEASE: People’s Watch condemns the Chennai city police for the death of Mukesh from Kannagi Nagar PRESS RELEASE: People’s Watch condemns unlawful arrests of peaceful protesters in Karur 13.10.16 PRESS RELEASE: People's Watch Condems Srikanth Balaji police and prison torture at Manali, Chennai Tamil Press Release-People's Watch Condems attack on Srikanth Balaji at Manali, Chennai People's Watch-Press release-People's Watch call for withdrawal of the recommendations of the Madras High Court to the Advocates Act Felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphage at Madurai on 04.06.16 at Madurai organised by Citizens for Human Rights Movement (CHRM) and IPRO A felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphagne on the receipt of Amnesty International Award 2016 organised by HRCPS at Pondicherry on 28.05.2016 A felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphagne on the receipt of Amnesty International Award 2016 organised by Mr. Nizamuddin, Mr. Balki, Mr. R.Babu, Mr. Arulselvam and Activists from Cuddalore on 28.05.2016 A felicitation to Mr. Henri Tiphagne on the receipt of Amnesty International Award 2016 organised by Vaanmuhil, Citizens for Human Rights Movement Tirunelveli on 22.03.2016 AP-Encounter-Letter to AP Govt. officials with interim report seeking their response AP Encounter High Level Fact Finding - Interim Report 21.04.2015 Human Rights Defenders Alert India - NHRC - Tamilnadu - Gross Violation of 'Right to Association' of HR organizations/ HRDs in TN - Plea Requesting NHRC Intervention Resource Material - Training on Human Rights to Professional College Students NCPCR's Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in schools

Statements on Human Rights by the UN Secretariat

FROM THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY
15 September 2012

Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today we look back on yet another year of remarkable events in the story of democracy -- a story that continues to be written by people who yearn for dignity and human rights, for an end to corruption, for a say in their future, for jobs, justice and a fair share of political power.

Their story is just beginning.  Democracies are not born overnight, nor built in a year, or by holding one or two elections.  They require sustained and painstaking work. Yet, once begun, there can be no going back. 

Reform must be real.  People do not seek authoritarianism with a human face.  They want a virtuous circle of rights and opportunity under the rule of law, a vibrant civil society and an enterprising private sector, backed by efficient and accountable state institutions.

Inclusive dialogue is crucial.  Diversity is a strength.  We must work to promote pluralism and protect the rights of minorities and the vulnerable.  And women must be at the centre of efforts to build democratic futures.  They have been at the forefront of movements for change.  They have a right to a real say in governance and decision-making.

The voices of the young must also be heard and heeded.  Profound demographic pressures around the world make this an imperative.  Faced with bleak prospects and unresponsive governments, young people will act on their own to reclaim their future.

Underpinning these prerequisites -- and essential for long term success -- is democracy education, the theme of this year’s observance.  It is needed so that all citizens in all nations, in democracies young and old, established or fragile, fully understand their rights and responsibilities.  And it is especially needed in countries that have made recent democratic gains so that progress made does not unravel.

The United Nations is strongly committed to working with partners to develop global and local initiatives that elevate democracy education as an integral part of all education initiatives and as a component of long-term governance strategies.  Let us build partnerships between international education experts and Governments to develop and disseminate best practices.  Let us develop a culture of civic participation to explore opportunities made possible by new media, and support countries in devising curricula and training methods.

In marking this year’s International Day of Democracy, let us use all our creativity to advance this mission.  Let us work to bring democracy education to all, and in particular, to those societies in transition that need it most.

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